Police in Europe have finally found one of the surviving members of the Muslim group that shot up Paris late last year:
The world’s most wanted man, a prime suspect in the Paris terrorist attacks, has been wounded and captured in a dramatic police raid in Brussels. Salah Abdeslam was shot in the leg by police commandos following a four-month international manhunt and has been arrested in the district of Molenbeek in the Belgian capital.
The country’s minister for asylum and migration, Theo Francken, confirmed the capture this afternoon announcing: ‘We got him’. But the operation is continuing tonight and fresh gunshots and explosions were heard at about 5.30pm – an hour after Abdeslam’s capture – amid reports more suspects are holed up.
Molenbeek, by the way, is a largely Islamic quarter of Brussels, just a few miles from the EU headquarters.
Prosecutors said earlier today that his fingerprints were found at the scene of a separate police raid on a Brussels flat, which took place on Tuesday. The 26-year-old, suspected of being involved in the Bataclan massacre during the slaughter of 130 people in Paris in November, was said to be one of the suspects who went on the run after a shoot-out.
But he was tracked to a home in Molenbeek in a fresh raid conducted by police this afternoon. Special forces are understood to have been monitoring the house for at least 48 hours…
It is thought that Abdeslam suffered a ‘flesh wound’ after escaping Tuesday’s raid before retreating to Molenbeek, where he was born and brought up. He has been taken to hospital. A French television station later posted an image of the moment the terror suspect was arrested. A lawyer for the families of those who lost their lives in the Paris massacre have demanded that he is extradited to France immediately. The prime minister of Belgium, Charles Michel, was seen rushing out of a European Council summit in Brussels as news of the raid broke.
Savor that one bit: “where he was born and brought up.” And yet he freely acted as an agent for an inimical foreign-power. But, as with a huge number of Muslims in Europe, he was a subject of the Islamic ummah first, and a citizen of his loathed kaffir country a distant second.